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At least 16 percent of working women may not have a clear understanding of what workplace sexual harassment is or when it may have taken place, a recently published survey1 has indicated.

In fact, according to this study, while about 1 in 6 women has been subjected to sexually explicit language or obscene remarks at work, these women did not consider that to be sexual harassment at work. While this may be unsettling for some, it does seem to beg the next question…

What Is Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Do you know workplace sexual harassment is? A new study has found that about 16% of working women don’t, a Los Angeles employment lawyer explains.

Do you know workplace sexual harassment is? A new study has found that about 16% of working women don’t, a Los Angeles employment lawyer explains.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Bringing this definition into a real-world work setting, common examples of sexual harassment at work can include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Commenting on workers’ bodies or their gender in general
  • Touching or having any unwanted physical contact with workers
  • Making ongoing employment and/or opportunities for promotion contingent on the performance of sexual favors
  • Sending workers lewd emails, text messages, etc.
  • Demoting, laying off, firing or taking any adverse action against workers who don’t submit to sexual advances.

Workplace Sexual Harassment: More Findings from the Study

While the study we cited above did reveal that many workers may not be aware of when workplace sexual harassment has occurred, it also indicated that:

  • Sexual harassment at work impacts workers across all education levels and professions, though these complaints are far more likely to arise in some industries (like the hospitality and retail industries) than others (like the medical and education industries).
  • More than 70 percent of sexual harassment victims never report the harassment or try to hold their harassers accountable.
  • For those who do have the courage to stand up to their harassers, more than half are not satisfied with the outcome of their report or case (via corporate/business HR channels).

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Contact a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer at Moon and Yang Professional Corporation

Have you been sexually harassed at work? If so, you can turn to an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer at the Moon and Yang Professional Corporation for aggressive, effective legal advocacy in your pursuit of justice. At Moon & Yang, our lawyers are trial attorneys with significant experience representing both individuals and businesses in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today by calling (213) 232-3128 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

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1: Survey published by the Huffington Post (Feb. 2015)

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